Job Description

The Role of the Clinical Expert

This is an exciting new opportunity for a mental health practitioner to join the newly established Care (Education) Treatment Review Team in the South West Provider Collaborative as a Clinical Expert. This role would be suitable for qualified clinicians looking for further development or those with a core qualification in MH Nursing, Social Work, Psychology or Occupational Therapy.

The role involves providing expert assessment for people with learning disabilities, autism or both in England with the aim of reducing admissions and unnecessarily lengthy stays in hospitals and reducing health inequalities. The liaison with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies is central to this role.

The post holder will participate in the CTR/CETR reviews and will be an active participant the feedback session at the end of the day. Facilitating the discussion, challenging current practice and opinions where necessary and forming conclusions and recommendations for future care of the individual. They will also be responsible for setting up packages of community support for people with learning disabilities, autism or both in partnership with the individual, their family and other key partners. In addition the role is responsible for the timely co-ordination and implementation of the CTR/CETR panels.

Main duties of the job

About the CTRs/CETRs

CTRs were developed to improve the care of people with learning disabilities, autism or both in England with the aim of reducing admissions and unnecessarily lengthy stays in hospitals and reducing health inequalities. CETRs reflect more accurately the significant role that education plays in children and young peoples lives.

CTRs/CETRs aim to:

Empower people and their families to be listened to about their own care and treatment

Check that people are safe and have good quality care. Also that their care and discharge plans are good quality and progressing well

Make sure people only go into hospital when their care or treatment cannot be safely provided in the community and it is the right place to be

Review the care, treatment and discharge plans of people who go into hospital in an emergency or crisis

Work with the person, their family and others to support people well in the community

Make sure local services are involved – social care, Special Educational Needs SEN team, school or college. So that all issues can be addressed and solutions found

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people’s recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience – we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification SKILLS AND ABILITIES Essential

  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Ability to produce well written reports.
  • Ability to participate and present information in a group setting
  • Ability to communicate directly and effectively with people who have a learning disability, autism or both and their families.
  • Ability to challenge existing practice
  • Ability to make holistic assessments of individuals as well as their family, social and physical environment and how these relate to emotional and behavioural aspects of the person.
  • Ability to work in an open and respectful partnership with others in multidisciplinary teams and with service users and families.
  • Analytical & Judgement Skills
  • Able to recognise potential difficulties and participate in finding solutions
  • Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk.


  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate CETR/CTR panels effectively to maximise effectiveness of care plans.

Qualifications Essential

  • Mental Health Nursing, Social work, Occupational Therapy or Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health care Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, ENB 811/812 or Community Nursing Degree
  • Non-Medical Prescriber and/or another recognised therapy qualification
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding Adults and children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff

Experience Essential

  • Have current, substantial and demonstrable experience of community models of support for people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have mental health diagnoses and/or can present behaviours seen as challenging.
  • Experience of operating within a person centred framework, and show that they have worked with people with learning disabilities and family carers as equal partners.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.


  • Have experience of setting up packages of community support for people with learning disabilities, autism or both seen as challenging, in partnership with the individual their family and other key partners.
  • Have experience of avoiding admission to inpatient services for people with learning disabilities, autism or both who are seen as challenging.
  • Have experience of risk assessment and constructive, positive approaches to risk management.

Knowledge Essential

  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements, treatment for the care of people with learning disabilities, autism or both in England
  • An understanding of the CTR/CETR Process
  • Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and human rights.


  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health
  • Understanding of the application of Information Governance policy.

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For further information and to apply:  Senior MH Practitioner, Clinical Expert job with Devon Partnership NHS Trust | 74527 (